2020-01-16: Social Media Postees

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Biden, Buttigieg and Corporate Media Are Eager for Sanders and Warren to Clash
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-16
Corporate Democrats got a jolt at the end of last week when the highly regarded Iowa Poll showed Bernie Sanders surging into first place among Iowans likely to vote in the state's Feb. 3 caucuses. The other big change was a steep drop for the previous Iowa frontrunner, Pete Buttigieg, who

Not Bernie, Us. Not Warren, Us
Norman Solomon | commondreams.org | 2020-01-16
Supporters of Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders supporters cheer and chat outside the James Clyburns World Famous Fish Fry in Columbia, South Carolina June 21, 2019. (Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bernie_warren.jpg

Mideast war threat overshadows Democratic debate
wsws.org | 2020-01-16
All six candidates–including the nominal "socialist" Bernie Sanders–criticized Trump's actions from the standpoint of advocating a more carefully considered strategy to advance the interests of American imperialism.

Not Bernie, Us. Not Warren, Us
Norman Solomon | zcomm.org | 2020-01-16
Their Clash Underscores the Need for Grassroots Wisdom…

Dr. Stephen Zunes speaks on Trump's Mideast Policy
Peace Action of San Mateo County | indybay.org | 2020-01-16
Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo | 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue | San Mateo, CA 94401…

House Leaders March Trump Impeachment Articles to the Senate
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-16

Death by Illogic, Lies and Stupidity
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-16
Donald Trump continues to be under fire. He has been impeached for a gross abuse of power: attempting to blackmail the Ukrainian government into libeling his likely 2020 Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, with allegations of corruption. To induce the Ukrainians to do this, Trump ordered the withholding of military aid. This was an illegal act.

New Zealand fascist group targets Chinese-born MP
wsws.org | 2020-01-16
Action Zealandia, whose website resembles the Christchurch terrorist's manifesto, placed racist posters on National Party MP Jian Yang's office.

India's Ruling BJP to Contest Bihar Polls in Alliance with State Chief's Janata Dal (U)
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-16
New Delhi (Sputnik): Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal (United) headed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar were running a coalition government in Bihar since 2005, but the latter dropped alliance partner the BJP in 2019, announcing it would go solo to the assembly polls in Haryana, Jharkhand and Delhi.

Sanders-Warren Spat Overtakes the News Cycle
Sam Adler-Bell | zcomm.org | 2020-01-16
"Infighting between Sanders and Warren only benefits big oil, fossil fuel billionaires, the GOP, and the moderate wing of the Democratic Party."

False Profits and Anti-Christs‚Ñ¢
John Kendall Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-16
[Planet Earth] is melting in the dark All the sweet green icing flowing down Someone left the cake out in the rain I don't think that I can take it 'Cause it took so long to bake it And I'll never have the recipe again Oh, no

The Wonders of Modern Life Briefly Explained: An Anthropology of the Industrial Revolution
Peter Harrison | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-16
Preamble In 'Capital,' Marx defined two ways of creating a surplus from exploiting the labor of others. The first is the extraction of 'absolute surplus value.' Extracting absolute surplus value means profiting from the labor of others by making them work longer or harder or getting more of them to work. This economic model comes…

Founding congress of the Marxist Left in Slovakia and the Transcarpathian Ukraine
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-01-16
On January 16, 1921, the Marxist Left in Slovakia and the Transcarpathian Ukraine holds its founding congress in ƒΩuboch≈àa. It was one of the forerunners of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. After the defeat of the Hungarian Soviet Republic, many revolutionary refugees arrived in Czechoslovakia and intermingled with the local political movements. The emergence of the Marxist Left originated in a split in the Slovak Social Democratic Party in 1920, among sections dissatisfied with the counterrevolutionary line of…

'CNN Is Truly a Terrible Influence on This Country'
Jessica Corbett | zcomm.org | 2020-01-16
Democratic Debate Moderators Pilloried for Centrist Talking Points and Anti-Sanders Bias…

Analyst: US 'Bid' to Cut Iraq Military Aid Over Troop Ouster is a 'Rejection of Democratic Process'
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-16
The Wall Street Journal earlier reported that the Trump administration was preparing to cut $250 million in military aid to Baghdad after the Iraqi parliament's non-binding vote to expel American troops from its soil over a 3 January US drone strike that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, triggering retaliation from Tehran a few days later.

Protests over citizenship law in India prove liberal elites only like democracy if they agree with the results
rt.com | 2020-01-16
Protests in India over a controversial citizenship amendment law have curiously exposed the duplicity of liberals when it comes to their commitment to democracy. | Left-backed student unions and Muslim groups have been up in arms over a law that they perceive to be "anti-Muslim." Backing up this protest movement, liberal Indians have revealed their cards. | For the youth to resist the charms of "revolution"

Milwaukee meets Trump with huge protest
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-16
Milwaukee, WI

Ukrainian Interior Ministry Opens Investigation Into Claims of Russia Hacking Burisma – Report
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-16
On Tuesday, Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries said that the Dems would look into media reports alleging that Russian military hackers conducted cyberattacks against Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

'The New York Times' Is Enabling Republican Lies
Eric Alterman | thenation.com | 2020-01-16
'The New York Times' Is Enabling Republican Lies…

#CNNisTrash unites political rivals after network hammers Sanders in Democratic debate
rt.com | 2020-01-15
It's not just the right who accuse CNN of peddling 'fake news'. After the network's treatment of Bernie Sanders in a recent Iowa debate, the left joined them on Twitter. | With the field of Democratic hopefuls whittled down, six frontrunners took to the stage in Des Moines on Tuesday night, with polls putting four of them as frontrunners: Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Hosted by CNN, the debate was the final Democratic head-to-head before next month's Iowa caucuses. | Tensions between Sanders and Warren were hi…

Democrats Debate Wealth Tax, Free Public College & Student Debt Relief as Part of New Economic Plan
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-15
At Tuesday's Democratic debate, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg repeated his criticism of plans for tuition-free public college and wiping out student debt, supported by both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Activist and Truthout contributor Alexis Goldstein says the dispute highlights a philosophical split within the Democratic Party. "We essentially have a disagreement between the progressive candidates and the moderate candidates about whether or not we want to pursue a universal benefit for higher education and make it a public good, much in the way that K-12 education is treated as a public good,"

'Even Hillary and Trump shook hands': Warren snubs Sanders handshake after tense Democratic debate (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-01-15
Tuesday night's Democratic debate was marked by an ever-widening schism between long-time 'friends' turned rivals, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, which culminated in a spurned handshake which has become the talk of Twitter. | The talking match was punctuated by several increasingly tense and bitter exchanges between the pair as the night wore on. Roughly 45 minutes into the discussion, CNN moderator Abby Phillip asked Sanders to respond to reports he told Warren that a woman couldn't win the 2020 election. | Handshake: REJECTED pic.twitter.com/LUA49Z0JCc– Timot…

A Modest Improvement or a Deal to Be Rejected? Warren & Sanders Debate New NAFTA Rewrite
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-15
Progressive Democratic presidential candidates Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders clashed over their trade policy disagreements as they zeroed in on the U.S., Mexico and Canada trade agreement that is meant to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Sanders said the government can do much better. "The heart and soul of our disastrous trade agreements

Sanders and Warren Show Differences on Trade and Health Care in Debate
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-15
The final Democratic debate before the Iowa caucus had moments that further highlighted the distinctions between the leading candidates on issues like free public college and health care but for the most part it covered familiar ground. | However, the candidates closest in policy

CNN, Warren's Sexism Jibe Against Sanders Backfires as #CNNisTrash Trends on Twitter
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-15
CNN has been widely criticized for its perceived bias in moderating yesterday's Democratic presidential debate in Iowa. With just three weeks before the first primaries, six leading candidates descended upon Des Moines last night to take part. But, as with previous debates, much of the public discussion centered on the organization, framing and bias of the organizers and moderators. | CNN asked Bernie Sanders, the most left-leaning of the candidates, if he thought he "owed voters an explanation" on how much his health plan would cost them…

Sanders and Warren Openly Spar as Some Progressives Fear Fighting Could Help Centrist Democrats
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-15
At Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren openly sparred for the first time when asked about Warren's claim that Sanders told her in a private 2018 meeting that a woman could not win the presidential election. Sanders again denied the accusation when asked about it by CNN's Abby Phillip. Warren maintained her claim. At the end of the night, Warren also apparently refused to shake Sanders's hand. We speak with journalist Julian Brave NoiseCat, activist and Truthout contributor Alexis Goldstein and Larry Hamm of People's Organization for Prog…

People Want a Wealth Tax, but Many Politicians Oppose It
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-01-15
Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are practically the only major politicians supporting a wealth tax to reduce inequality and fund government programs, even though polling shows nearly two-thirds of Americans support it.

It Is Clear the Establishment and Corporate Media Would Prefer Trump Reelection to President Bernie Sanders
William Grover | commondreams.org | 2020-01-15
Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addresses the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals at the Mohegan Sun Pocono on April 15, 2019 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. One of Sanders' proposals for his presidential bids is Medicare for all. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/sanders_grassroots_organizing_0.jpg

CNN Moderators Fixate on Cost of Medicare for All, Ignore Price of Endless War
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-15
Democrats onstage Tuesday night at the CNN/Des Moines Register debate in Iowa were challenged repeatedly by moderators on the cost of major plans like Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All

The 'Big Squeeze' on Sanders
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-15
Now, get this straight. I am not a 'Democratic Socialist' or a supporter of the Democratic Party. Yes, I just changed my political affiliation here in Florida so I can vote for Sanders in the upcoming Florida primary. My 'short …

Missiles, Lies and Assassinations
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-15
"In war, truth is the first casualty."

Phyllis Bennis on Dem Debate: Support for Combat Troop Withdrawal Is Not Enough to Stop Endless Wars
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-15
Six Democratic presidential candidates sparred on Tuesday night in Des Moines, the last debate before the crucial Iowa caucuses. The debate, hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register, focused heavily on foreign policy and rising tensions with Iran following the U.S. assassination of that country's top military commander, Qassem Soleimani. As the presidential field continues to narrow, the U.S. Senate is preparing for the historic impeachment trial of President Trump, for which Senators Sanders, Warren and Klobuchar are all expected to leave the campaign trail to serve their role as jurors.

Iran-Iraq solidarity grows amid U.S. threats
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2020-01-15
United States policy toward both Iran and Iraq is based not on "bad advice" or howling blunders by President Donald Trump, as Democratic Party pundits claim. It is not just a "mismanaged" foreign policy. Times Square protest, Jan. 8, New York City. (WW photo: Brenda Ryan) Washington's miscalculations of the . . . | Continue reading Iran-Iraq solidarity grows amid U.S. threats at Workers.org

Pelosi announces impeachment managers, House votes to send articles to Senate for trial (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-01-15
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has named the House Democrats who will serve as seven impeachment managers

US House to Send Trump Impeachment Charges to Senate for Trial
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-15
The United States Democratic-led House of Representatives approved Wednesday to send two formal charges against President Donald Trump to the Senate, clearing the way for only the third impeachment trial of a U.S. president to begin next week. | RELATED: | Republicans Will Pay Price for Denying Impeachment Witnesses: Pelosi | With 228 votes in favor over 193 against, the lawmakers will task the Republican-led upper chamber to judge Trump on charges of abuse of power over a…

Biden's Unexamined List of High-Powered Fundraisers
Eleanor Eagan | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-15
'Twas the Friday after Christmas, when all through the land, not a person was working, the computers unmanned. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while Joe Biden released the names of the wealthy and well-connected volunteers who are fundraising for his campaign. These fundraisers, otherwise known as bundlers, have all brought in…

Biden Says His Vote for War Wasn't Really a Vote for War. He's Still Lying
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-15
I found myself tumbling through a time warp during the opening segment of Tuesday night's debate in Iowa. I was sitting there attentively, listening to the six candidates discuss their various stances on the Iraq War … when all of a sudden, I flashed back to October 25, 2002. | I was in a car with fellow activists on the way to a massive antiwar protest in Washington D.C., when my very first cell phone burred in my pocket. I answered, and even through the poor connection I could hear the emotion…

Fidel Castro's Message against Nuclear War: "In a Nuclear War the 'Collateral Damage' would be the Life of All Humanity."
Fidel Castro Ruz | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-15
A forceful message calling for World peace and the survival of humankind.

Thousands protest Trump visit in Milwaukee
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-15
Milwaukee, WI

Video Shows TWO Missiles Bringing Down Iran 737, Second Plane Reported & Iraq And Syria Under Attack
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-01-15
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (1/14/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Trump Signs Partial Deal to Limit US Trade War Against China
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-15
U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He Wednesday will sign the so-called "Phase One" of an agreement rolling back some tariffs and defusing the "Trade War" which the Republican ruler initiated in March 2018 when he imposed tariffs on Chinese products. | RELATED: | U.S. Treasury Drops China's Currency Manipulator Label | According to what is known about this 86-page deal, which provides Trump with relief in an election year, China will buy U.S. products worth US$200 b…

Support for Combat Troop Withdrawal Is Not Enough to Stop Endless Wars
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-15
Six Democratic presidential candidates sparred on Tuesday night in Des Moines, the last debate before the crucial Iowa caucuses. The debate, hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register, focused heavily on foreign policy and rising tensions with Iran following the U.S. assassination of that country's top military commander, Qassem Soleimani. As the presidential field continues to narrow, the U.S. Senate is preparing for the historic impeachment trial of President Trump, for which Senators Sanders, Warren…

In Iowa Debate, Progressives Resist Efforts to Divide Them
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2020-01-15
The moderators did all they could to start a fight, but Sanders and Warren refused to bite.

In Iowa Debate, Progressives Resist Efforts to Divide Them
Ruth Conniff | commondreams.org | 2020-01-15
We are so accustomed to a lone voice-in-the-wilderness candidate who tries to stake out progressive positions only to be condescendingly ushered offstage by the sensibly centrist popular kids, this moment in history snuck up on us. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/warren_7.jpg

CNN Attacks Sanders in Iowa Dem Debate
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-01-15
The Warren/Sanders feud is splitting progressives. Can Sanders unite the working class with anti-war policies and Medicare for All?

Thousands join the 'Run against Dictatorship' in Thailand
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-01-15
Bangkok's Wachirabenchathat (Roi Fai) park reverberated with 'Prayuth, get out!' and 'long live democracy' slogans as participants of the run demanded the restoration of democracy in Thailand and an end to the rule of former military general, Prayuth Chan-ocha…

The Wrong Question for Democrats to Be Asking About Trump
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-15
A loopy Iran speech has fueled speculation that he's hopped up on Adderall. But amphetamines can't explain the madness of his presidency.

350 Action Responds to Final Democratic Debate before Iowa Caucuses
commondreams.org | 2020-01-15

In First All-White Democratic Debate, CNN Didn't Ask a Single Question About Immigration
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-15
As the federal government plans to divert an additional $7.2 billion from the military budget for the construction of President Trump's promised border wall, and tens of thousands of asylum seekers from Central America, the Caribbean and other regions are stranded throughout the U.S.-Mexico border, CNN moderators failed to question Democratic presidential candidates on border and immigration issues. We speak to Julio Ricardo Varela, co-host of the Latinx political podcast "In the Thick" and founder of Latino Rebels. "Anyone who thinks that a wall is going to protect us, the statistics aren't there. … But that i…

Big data, big oil and white supremacy: Unveiling the dark forces behind Trump's 2020 re-election campaign with Josh Fox
Reynard Loki | nationofchange.org | 2020-01-15
In his new solo performance piece "The Truth Has Changed," the "Gasland" director raises an alarm: The Democrats are ill-prepared for Trump's oncoming misinformation campaign.

Long live teleSUR!
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-01-15
On January 11, far-right Venezuelan opposition leader and US-backed self-proclaimed "interim president of Venezuela", Juan Guaidó, threatened to seize the Latin American left-wing television and online news network, teleSUR. | In a tweet, Guaidó said that he would soon start "the process of reorganizing and rescue of Telesur to put it at the service of truth." "Since its creation, Telesur has been used to promote destabilization of the region, support terrorist groups, attack democracy, lie about Venezuela and defen…

Bolivian FM Wants Argentina to Condemn Comments by Evo Morales
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-15
The Bolivian Foreign Ministry wants the Argentinian government to condemn the recent comments made by the democratically elected President Evo Morales about defending civilians defending themselves against the brutality of the de facto regime in La Paz. | RELATED: | Evo Morales Urges Bolivia to Restore Rule of Law | In an interview last Sunday with Reuters, Morales told the news agency that Bolivians have the right to organize and defend themselves, without the use of firearms, against the b…

Tampa students rally against aggressions towards Iran
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-15
Tampa, FL – At the University of South Florida, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held their second rally against the President Trump's and U.S. aggression towards Iran. The protest, attended by around 20 students on campus on January 14, has come in the wake of the assassination of a high-ranking Iranian military figure, Qassem Soleimani. | Along with the threat of more U.S. troops to the region and further hostilities, Iran has been hit by U.S. economic sanctions since 2010. An SDS member told the crowd, "The sanctions have greatly limited the amount of medical resources that Iran can get. This has result…

CNN Asked No Questions About Immigration at First All-White Democratic Debate
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-15
As the federal government plans to divert an additional $7.2 billion from the military budget for the construction of President Trump's promised border wall, and tens of thousands of asylum seekers from Central America, the Caribbean and other regions are stranded throughout the U.S.-Mexico border, CNN moderators failed to question Democratic presidential candidates on border and immigration issues. We speak to Julio Ricardo Varela, co-host of the Latinx political podcast "In the Thick" and fou…

A Truly Antiwar Agenda Must Include Free College and Medicare for All
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-15
Last night's debate brought home a reality for me: A truly antiwar agenda is not confined to priorities traditionally seen as "foreign policy." It must include bold plans to address climate change, education, institutional racism and sexism, health care and immigration justice. And our movements must reflect that broad-based vision. | The recent assassination of Iran's top Gen. Qassim Suleimani was a frightening reminder of the undemocratic and reckless approach of those who currently rule the U.S.

Trump's war on Iran, health care loom large at Dem debate
Mark Gruenberg, John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-15

Trump Escalates Authoritarian Tone in Milwaukee Rally
Roger Bybee | progressive.org | 2020-01-15
In the President's view, the Democratic Party is a malicious, disloyal force with sinister and destructive plans for the nation.

Bernie Sanders Won't Play Your Game
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-01-15
Bernie Sanders Won't Play Your Game…

Pete and Amy Needed to Crush the Iowa Debate. They Did Not
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2020-01-15
Buttigieg and Klobuchar have to do well in their neighboring Midwestern state's caucus to advance, and their mediocre nights didn't help them.

Why Was Pete Buttigieg Still on the Debate Stage–and Kamala Harris Wasn't?
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2020-01-15
Why Was Pete Buttigieg Still on the Debate Stage–and Kamala Harris Wasn't?

CNN Has It In for Bernie
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2020-01-15
CNN Has It In for Bernie…

Ilhan Omar Warns Progressives Escalating Warren-Sanders Disagreement Only Fuels Trump's Attacks on Both Candidates
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-15
As some online supporters of Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders appeared intent on escalating a disagreement between the two 2020 Democratic presidential candidates over a private conversation they had in 2018, Rep. Ilhan Omar urged progressive voters to resist allowing themselves against one another as the first primary votes draw near. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/picmonkey_image6_0.jpg

Calling Bernie Sanders a 'Champion' for Immigrant Families, Make the Road Action Endorses Vermont Senator for President
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-15
"Bernie Sanders is the champion our community needs and is helping to lead the movement that will help us defeat Trump in 2020." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sanders_32_0.jpg

Top Megadonors and Corporations Have Poured Almost $2 Billion Into Politics Since Citizens United
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-15
"This is not what democracy looks like. This is the world Citizens United made," Alan Zibel, research director of Public Citizen's Corporate Presidency Project, said Wednesday as his group released a pair of reports. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11651506911_0.jpg

Redistricting power: State legislative races will determine political map for a decade
David A. Lieb | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-14

Mass Media Attacks on a Surging Sanders
Dave Lindorff | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-14
CNN (1/13/19) has an anonymously sourced hit piece out today on Bernie Sanders, claiming that at a meeting in Elizabeth Warren's home on December 18, 2018, he told her "a woman can't win" the presidency. The article, by CNN correspondent MJ Lee, is so journalistically shoddy that someone reading only the first few paragraphs would …

In the Iowa caucus homestretch, Sanders takes aim at Trump
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-14

House to vote on sweeping labor law reform by mid-February
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-14
WASHINGTON–The Democratic-run U.S. House will vote on the Protect the Right to Organize (Pro) Act, the most-comprehensive pro-worker labor law reform bill in decades, by mid-February, top leaders have announced. Communications directors for both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the vote would be before the President's Day recess …

GOP Debate on Impeachment Witnesses Intensifies as Pelosi Prepares to Send Articles to Senate
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-14
The impeachment trial of President Trump is anticipated to proceed this week, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to send the two articles of impeachment to the Senate as early as Wednesday. The House impeached Trump in December for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress related to Trump's effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. A growing number of Republican senators are pushing for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on whether to allow witnesses to speak at the Senate trial. The timing of the Senate impeachment trial could impact the 2020 presidentia…

Pundits Go Nuts Over New Russian Hacking Conspiracy
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2020-01-14
(CJ Opinion)

Hear no evil, see no evil, print no evil? MSM warn journalists away from Burisma/Biden info after 'hack' report
rt.com | 2020-01-14
The US political and media elite have warned any journalist who might think of publishing (or even looking at) material potentially hacked from Ukrainian gas firm Burisma that they're essentially handing 2020's election to Russia. | Burisma Holdings – the Ukrainian company where Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden's son Hunter served as a director – has been hacked, cybersecurity firm Area 1 announced on Tuesday. Area 1 has ties to both the NSA and Crowdstrike, the firm behind 2016's still-unproven "Russian hacking" allegations, and has…

Israel Provided The Intel To Kill Soleimani & A Cyberattack May Have Been Behind Iran's 737 Downing
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-01-14
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (1/13/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Moms 4 Housing: Meet the Oakland Mothers Facing Eviction After Two Months Occupying Vacant House
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-14
In Oakland, California, a group of mothers fighting homelessness is waging a battle against real estate speculators and demanding permanent solutions to the Bay Area housing crisis by occupying a vacant house with their children. The struggle began in November, when working mothers in West Oakland moved into 2928 Magnolia Street, a vacant house owned by real estate investment firm Wedgewood Properties. The firm tried to evict them, claiming they were illegally squatting on private property, but the mothers went to court and filed a "right to possession" claim, saying housing is a human right. Their name is Moms 4…

"Floaters": Martín Espada Pays Tribute to Salvadoran Father & Daughter Who Drowned at U.S. Border
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-14
Acclaimed poet Martín Espada pays tribute to àìscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his 23-month old daughter Angie Valeria, who drowned in the Rio Grande river in June 2019 trying to cross into the United States. A photo of the drowned Salvadoran father and daughter caused widespread outrage at the humanitarian crisis at the U.S. southern border and also raised questions about the ethics of exploiting such images in the press. Espada's poem "Floaters" meditates on their passing and its aftermath.

Sturgeon insists Scotland will have its say as PM rejects independence vote call
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-01-14
Nicola Sturgeon has said Scotland "will get the right to decide our own future" despite prime minister Boris Johnson rejecting her plea for a second independence referendum. | Scotland's first minister wrote to the Tory leader days after his victory in last month's general election claiming there was a "democratic case" for a fresh vote on the constitution. | But her call for the powers to hold such a vote to be transferred to Holyrood was flatly rejected by Johnson, who claimed a second ballot on independence would lead to continued "political stagnation" in Scotland. | Sturgeon, who has previously refused to ru…

"Morir Soñando": Martín Espada Reads Poem About Luis Garden Acosta, Young Lord & Community Activist
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-14
Last week marked the first anniversary of the passing of Luis Garden Acosta, the founder and longtime president of the nationally known El Puente youth and community leadership program in Brooklyn. Long regarded as one of New York City's foremost human rights and Latino community activists, Garden Acosta died last January at the age of 72. A former seminarian who had been active in the Catholic antiwar movement, Garden Acosta joined the Young Lords Party in 1970 and later founded that group's Massachusetts chapter while he was still a student at Harvard Medical School. He went on to pioneer successful nonviolent…

CLEAN Future Act Is 'Shameful' and 'Greenwashing,' say Climate Justice Groups
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-01-14
Democrats' CLEAN Future Act calls for "net zero" carbon emissions by 2050 but doesn't require a fossil fuel industry phaseout. Critics say the bill lacks ambition and ignores the short timeline for radical action dictated by climate science.

Cory We Hardly Knew Ye
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-01-14
Cory We Hardly Knew Ye…

Live Chat: Watch the 7th Democratic Debate With 'The Nation'
The Nation | thenation.com | 2020-01-14
Live Chat: Watch the 7th Democratic Debate With 'The Nation'…

Calling Bernie Sanders Anti-Semitic Is Islamophobic
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-01-13
Sahar Aziz discusses her article from The New Arab, "Accusing Bernie Sanders of anti-Semitism is nothing but thinly veiled Islamophobia." The accusation of anti-Semitism has been weaponized to attack people who promote solidarity with Muslim Americans and who demand sustainable foreign policy towards the Middle East.

Trump's odd tweet of Pelosi and Schumer in Muslim garb sparks outrage, but defense even more bizarre
rt.com | 2020-01-13
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham gave a strange defense of a tweet from President Donald Trump that depicted Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in Muslim clothing and sparked major backlash. | Grisham says Democrats are "taking the side of terrorists" and that was the point Trump was trying to make when he retweeted an image of Pelosi and Schumer photshopped with Muslim garb on in front of an Iranian flag. | Fox News host Harris Faulker confronted Grisham about the tweet on Monday and even read a response that called the photoshopped image a "slur." | "Why the actual hell is the president of the Unite…

Milwaukee: Momentum builds for protest at Trump visit
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-13
Milwaukee, WI – Preparations are well in hand for the demonstration set to meet President Donald Trump's upcoming visit to Milwaukee on January 14. The initial announcement of the protest was met with a great deal of excitement. This feeling has been sustained, reflected in the fact that over 4500 people have said on Facebook they are interested in attending. | "The fact that we're still mobilizing in huge numbers four years into Trump's presidency tells us something about where the masses of people are at," said Ryan Hamann, a leader with the Coalition to March on the DNC, the organization who initiated the call…

Let's Fight Preemption of Local Control
Luke Fuszard | progressive.org | 2020-01-13
Preemption is especially prevalent in states with Republican-led legislatures, which often employ model bill language from conservative groups like ALEC.

Miller Dismisses DACA in Emails, Mirroring Anti-Immigrant Extremists' Views
splcenter.org | 2020-01-13
White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller went against many Republicans when siding with white nationalists and other extremists on the issue of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA, emails show.

Democratic Debate: Will Progressives Highlight the Cost of War?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-01-13
Senators Sanders and Warren could have their best opportunity yet to argue that if the U.S. has trillions to pay for war abroad, it can invest in healthcare, education, and infrastructure at home.

"America Exists Today to Make War": Lawrence Wilkerson on Endless War & American Empire
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-13
Retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff from 2002 to 2005, says the escalation of tensions between the U.S. and Iran today is a continuation of two decades of U.S. policy disasters in the Middle East, starting with the 2003 run-up to war with Iraq under the Bush administration. "America exists today to make war. How else do we interpret 19 straight years of war and no end in sight? It's part of who we are. It's part of what the American Empire is," says Wilkerson. "We are going to cheat and steal to do whatever it is we have to do to continue th…

"A System Failure": Iran Admits to Downing Airplane, Sparking Renewed Anti-Government Protests
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-13
Iranian protesters have taken to the streets for a third day, after the Iranian military acknowledged it accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner last week, killing all 176 people on board, including 82 Iranians and 57 Canadians. Iran initially denied downing the plane, but Iran's Revolutionary Guard took responsibility for what authorities now describe as a "disastrous mistake." The plane was downed hours after Iranian forces fired 22 rockets at military bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops, in retaliation for the U.S. assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Millions of Iranians took to the streets la…

"Stop the Money Pipeline": 150 Arrested at Protests Exposing Wall Street's Link to Climate Crisis
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-13
Nearly 150 people were arrested on Capitol Hill Friday in a climate protest led by Academy Award-winning actor and activist Jane Fonda. Fonda has been leading weekly climate demonstrations in Washington, D.C., known as "Fire Drill Fridays," since October. For her last and 14th protest, actors Martin Sheen and Joaquin Phoenix, indigenous anti-pipeline activist Tara Houska, journalist Naomi Klein and dozens more lined up to get arrested as they demanded a mass uprising and swift political action to thwart the climate crisis. Fonda then marched with supporters down Pennsylvania Avenue to a Chase Bank branch where en…

Democratic Candidates Can't Afford to Ignore the Nation's Housing Crisis
Megan Giovannetti | progressive.org | 2020-01-13
California's homelessness crisis has reached a fever pitch–and it's not alone.

Iran Admits 'Unintentionally' Shooting Down 737, But It Seems There Might Be More To This Story
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-01-11
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (1/11/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Pompeo Admits No "Imminent Threat," Boeing Emails Reveal 737 Issues & 60 Afghans Killed By US Drone
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-01-11
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (1/10/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Israel Again Bombs The PMU, Rockets Fired In Iraq, 737 Misinfo & Congress Warned Not To Discuss Iran
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-01-10
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (1/9/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

House Passes War Powers Resolution as Thousands Say 'No to War with Iran'
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-01-10
Progressive Democrats acknowledge the War Powers Resolutions don't go far enough to truly prevent Trump from launching war with Iran.

"Democracy For Sale": Cambridge Analytica & Big Tech's History of Manipulating Elections
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-10
A longtime Facebook executive has admitted the company's platform helped Donald Trump win the 2016 election, and it may happen again this year. In an internal memo, Facebook Vice President Andrew Bosworth wrote, "So was Facebook responsible for Donald Trump getting elected? I think the answer is yes." Bosworth, who was a backer of Hillary Clinton in 2016, went on to write that the company should not change its policies in an effort to hurt Trump's re-election chances. In his memo, Bosworth referenced the role of the shadowy data firm Cambridge Analytica but downplayed its significance. However, a new Oscar-shortl…

Killings and violence targeting ethnic group in DR Congo 'may amount to crimes against humanity'
news.un.org | 2020-01-10
The targeting of the Hema community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with violence, including killings and rape, may amount to crimes against humanity, said the UN on Friday.

US: What Trump's impeachment shows about the Democratic establishment
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-01-10
US politics Barry SheppardIssue 1248 United States Donald Trump impeachment Jim Crow San FranciscoJanuary 10, 2020The…

Steady Hand Joe – Turning Biden's support for Iraq War into foreign policy 'experience'
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2020-01-09
Election Focus 2020: Despite Democratic candidate Joe Biden's prominent role in leading the US into the disastrous Iraq War, and his recent stream of lies and equivocations about why he supported it and when he began to reverse his position, many pundits continue to uncritically paint Biden as "mature" or a "steady hand" on foreign policy.

ROCKETS Fired At US In Iraq, US Contractor Was 'Counterintelligence' & US/Iran Gov Coordination?
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-01-09
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (1/8/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Andrew Bacevich: Trump Sparked "Unnecessary Crisis" by Killing Soleimani, Barely Avoiding War
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-09
President Trump vowed on Wednesday to hit Iran with new sanctions but appeared to pull back from taking any new military action. Tension between the two countries soared after the U.S. assassinated Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani at the Baghdad International Airport last week. Early on Wednesday, Iran retaliated by firing 22 ballistic missiles at military bases in Iraq housing U.S. forces, but no one was injured in the attack. Iran had warned the Iraqi government about the strike in advance. Two small rockets also later hit the Green Zone near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. During a televised address on Wednesda…

Andrew Bacevich: The U.S. Needs to Abandon "Militarized Approach" to Middle East and Build Peace
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-09
We continue our conversation with Andrew Bacevich, president and co-founder of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. He is a retired colonel, Vietnam War veteran and author of, most recently, of "The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory." Bacevich says the crisis with Iran, sparked by President Trump's assassination of top general Qassem Soleimani, is just the latest in a long series of ill-advised American actions in the Middle East. "The only conceivable way for us to begin to extricate ourselves from this terrible mess in the region … is to abandon this militarized approac…